Why do you farm?

Brandon Belch, one of the winners of the 2016 Peanut Efficiency Awards, says he gets asked that question -- why do you farm? - a lot in Washington when he travels there on behalf of agriculture and in his hometown of Conway, N.C.

Unlike many farmers, however, Belch is prepared to answer with detailed explanations and photos of his and his family’s operation near the boundary between North Carolina and Virginia when he gets asked that question about his livelihood.

"A lot of people wonder why I take so many photos of things on my farm," he said in answering a question posed to the PEA winners at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Destin, Fla. "I take them because people want to know about your farm, and I want to be able to show them."

Belch says that’s what it takes for farmers to counter the often negative perceptions that seem to dog them every day. His comments were in response to a question posed during the Peanut Efficiency Awards Breakfast at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Destin, Fla.

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